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Ken Dorsey Hired As FIU’s Assistant Athletic Director

Ken Dorsey is returning to Miami.

Not the university, the city.

Florida International University announced Monday that it has hired the former University of Miami quarterback and Carolina Panthers quarterback’s coach to be its new assistant athletic director.

Dorsey, who will officially start in his new position in April, spent the past five years working as an NFL assistant coach.

FIU Executive Director of Sports and Entertainment Pete Garcia briefly outlined Dorsey’s role with the Panthers.

“We are very fortunate to be able to add Ken Dorsey to both the football program and the athletic department staff,” Garcia said. “He will work closely with both [FIU head football coach] Butch Davis and myself.”

Dorsey reunites with his former college coach, Davis, just miles away from the school that they helped push to the top of the college football landscape.

Dorsey remains the University of Miami’s all-time winningest quarterback, compiling a 38-2 record from 1999 to 2002. He was inducted to UM’s Sports Hall of Fame in 2013, punctuating a college career that included a 2001 national championship; an all-time school best 86 touchdown passes; 9,565 career passing yards; and the 2001 Maxwell Award – presented to the college football player of the year.

Davis, who led the Golden Panthers to an 8-5 record and their first appearance in six seasons in his year leading the program, seemed excited by the move to bring in Dorsey.

“I am super excited that Ken Dorsey is going to be a part of our athletic department,” Davis said. “He brings class, integrity and great knowledge of what it’s like being around championship programs. He’s well respected throughout the NFL. He’ll be a great addition to our athletic department.”

While Dorsey’s role officially says “assistant athletic director” it wouldn’t be a shock if he ultimately becomes a fixture at FIU’s football practices.

After his highly decorated college career, Dorsey played six years in the NFL from 2003-08 after being selected in the seventh round by the San Francisco 49ers in 2003. He spent three seasons with the 49ers, then three with the Cleveland Browns – making 13 starts and completing 214-of-408 passes for 2,082 yards and eight touchdowns.

Dorsey got into coaching in 2011, beginning as a scout for the Carolina Panthers. He took over as Carolina’s quarterbacks coach in 2013, where he worked with All-Pro quarterback Cam Newton. Under Dorsey’s direction, Newton compiled 212 total touchdowns and 29,394 combined passing and rushing yards in his career, the second-highest marks in NFL history through a player’s first seven seasons.

“I think extremely highly of Ken Dorsey,’ Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton said. “He is an extremely hard and efficient worker. My challenge was also to beat him to work. He made my life as easy as possible. He’ll bring a newness and spark to FIU. Not only is he a hard worker, but he has a vibrant killer instinct. He’s a known proven winner over the years. I credit a lot of my success to Ken Dorsey.”

J.T. Wilcox
J.T. Wilcox is an award-winning sports journalist who has worked in South Florida for more than a decade. He authors "The Bald Predictions" blog and "The Baldcast" podcast.

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